Let’s be honest, phone addiction is a real thing. We attempt to disconnect. We desire to take a break from our hand-held computers, but it’s not always that simple. Vacation seems like a pretty good opportunity to put the phone down or even go off the grid, right? However, a vacation to doesn’t make it super easy to completely disconnect from our phones and tablets.
First, our phones are tools we need for everyday tasks. While at a Disney or , booking a for , ordering quick service meals ( sure saves a lot of time), or booking a . , these tasks include checking the for
Even beyond using the My , we grab our phones to take photos and videos; capturing memories with friends and family to revisit for years to come. We might open the weather app to see if those dark clouds in the distance are going to change our plans.
There are many interactive activities within the Walt Disney parks where you’ll need your phone. For example, if you’re a fan of Star Wars, you know that with the Play Disney Parks mobile app you can utilize a Datapad to complete missions as you explore Galaxy’s Edge.
All of these actions are necessary and justified. But have you noticed how many people are glued to their phones and tablets while in a Disney ? This could be texting friends or family who aren’t with you, checking to see how many likes your latest photo has, or even checking your work email to see what kind of fire drills might be going on while you’re away.
While how much you utilize your phone while on your is ultimately up to you, here are a few things to consider when evaluating .
Will you really watch that vertical video of the fireworks show again?
We’ve likely all been in this position. You’ve been camped out for a solid hour, waiting for the show to begin, only to have your view totally blocked by someone in front of you holding up their phone, or even worse, a big tablet to record the entire fireworks display.
Now I’m not talking about holding up your phone to snap a quick picture to set as your new phone background. Or capture a quick 5-10 second video to save or share on Instagram. I’m talking about recording the entire show. First of all, are you (the royal “you”) really going to go back and re-watch the recording? Second, here’s something to consider – you have spent so much money to travel to and experience all of the magic. Do you want to experience it with your own eyes, or through your phone screen? Just food for thought.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to watch Happily Ever After Firework Show, or a show from another , past or present – they’re all on YouTube!‘s beloved
So before you hold up your phone or tablet to record an entire fireworks display, consider what the best is way for you to experience it, as well as how it may impact the experience of others around you.
Enjoy rides first-hand and in the moment
On my last trip to , I was riding Pirates of the Caribbean with my family and a man in the front row held up his phone and took video of the entire ride for his Instagram story.
Aside from being incredibly distracting for the rest of the guests in the boat, was pretty crowded that day, and wait times were definitely not low.
Like the fireworks on YouTube, did you know you can also find well-done videos of each ride? It’s actually pretty cool. You can get your Disney fix while you’re waiting for your next trip without sacrificing your experience in the moment by capturing it yourself.
: Share or Disconnect?
Everyone has their own opinion about is an incredibly exciting and fun place to be, so it’s natural to want to share photos on any given platform. , as well as how much or little they want to be involved with it. is a place to share life’s moments. It’s place where people post their highlights, and that includes vacations.
As mentioned before, a is not cheap, that’s certainly not a secret. Your time is both precious and valuable while you’re exploring each . You are likely with loved ones, whether friends or family, enjoying time together and making memories.
While there is nothing wrong with keeping up with while you’re on your trip, consider taking time each day to disconnect from your phone and be present where you are and with who you’re with. The are so full of detail. There is so much to experience and participate in, you don’t want to miss magical moments that you won’t be able to get back later.
Share a meal together without distractions
Whether you have made an at a in , are eating at a on a rest day, or placed a to pick up and eat while you wait for the fireworks to begin – spend time with those you are with. So consider putting your phone away.
Instead, be present. Take silly photos, talk about your favorite moments of the day, or what you are planning to do next. Enjoy the magical moments together while you take a break from the “real world” to really enjoy everything has to offer with those you love. You might find that it heightens your .
Will you be disconnecting from your phone during your next Disney trip? We hope these tips helped and you have a magical time!